Walking into a Costco can be more than a little overwhelming whether you’re loading up on essentials for the next few weeks or popping in for just one thing. There are high shelves fully stocked with jumbo-size packages of your favorite products— and not to mention their famous food court, if you need some fuel for your shopping trip (that is, if the free samples don’t suffice).
The warehouse store already has a good reputation for filling up families’ shopping carts for less money, but there’s even more to your Costco membership than meets the eye. Specifically, there are plenty of health and wellness perks that a lot of people don’t even know about. Sure, there are the obvious ones — like the in-store optometrist and economy-size bottles of pain reliever — but there are others that take a little digging to find.
For example, bet you didn’t know Costco offers free health screenings, gym memberships and well-priced wheelchairs. (Heck, there are even caskets on sale there!) That’s why we’re here to help you navigate the best health benefits both in and out of the store’s wide aisles and alert you to ones you might not even realize exist!
Read on to find a few of our favorite little-known health benefits that come along with your Costco membership, along with tips and insider hints to help you get the most out of your annual fee — and maybe even help you get healthier in the process.
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A version of this story was originally published in October 2019.